From the Editor’s Desk: Greg Olgers ’87

Welcome to the new version of News from Hope College! We’re glad you’re here and hope you’ll stay a while. We usually don’t get self-reflective in these pages, because it’s not about us. Our feeling is that News from Hope College serves best by putting the spotlight on the college and the people of Hope,… Continue Reading →

With love, now and always

The emotions experienced by parents as they bring their newly minted freshmen to college are, to say the least, complex. There’s of course, and first and foremost, hope that the coming years will be joyous and help pave the way to a fulfilling future—whatever that might be for their child. There’s pride in each young… Continue Reading →

How People Choose Their Romantic Partners

When it comes to long-term romantic relationships, what people say they want and who they choose can often seem disconnected. But is that good or bad, or is the answer “it depends”? In any case, can knowing that there’s a difference help people make better choices and lead happier lives? Dr. Carrie Bredow of the… Continue Reading →

Boerigter Institute

A new, college-wide initiative at Hope, the Boerigter Institute, will help ensure that every student is robustly prepared for career success and professional growth. This significant effort is made possible by a major gift from SoundOff Signal in honor of Founder and Chairman George Boerigter ’61 and his wife, Sibilla. A task force of Hope… Continue Reading →

Rising Star: Dr. Daryl Van Tongeren

Dr. Daryl Van Tongeren of the psychology faculty has been named a Rising Star in research by the Association for Psychological Science, a recognition most often bestowed on scholars at institutions with graduate-level programs. The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-Ph.D. whose innovative work has already… Continue Reading →

Presidential Transition

John C. Knapp Leaves Hope to Lead Washington & Jefferson College As noted by Interim President Dennis Voskuil, John C. Knapp has left his position as president at Hope to lead Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. Washington & Jefferson College announced Knapp’s appointment on Friday, April 21. Invited by Washington & Jefferson College… Continue Reading →

New Perspective Old Testament

Book cover illustration, Zoe Chante I, 1993 (tempera on wood), Hugo, Marie (Contemporary Artist) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images So, who was the Medium at Endor, and why might that matter? Those familiar with the Star Wars films might be forgiven for guessing she’s a bit player from the forest moon inhabited by the… Continue Reading →

One of the Best

Hope continues to earn national recognition for its long-standing tradition of teaching students through participation in research experiences. The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has presented Hope with a 2017 Campus-Wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA) for the high quality of its program. Now in its third year, the award draws from CUR’s Characteristics… Continue Reading →

Serving Winning Opportunities

Hope has become one of only eight colleges and universities in the nation to offer Professional Tennis Management (PTM) certification, providing students with access to a career path with nearly 100-percent placement for new graduates. PTM programs serve as a platform for aspiring students and professionals to pursue careers in the tennis industry. Hope is… Continue Reading →

The Taste of Freedom

He had freedom in his hand in June of 1991, and he couldn’t reach it. Nineteen-year-old Andrei Rukavishnikov was one of 19 students from the Soviet Union en route to the U.S. to spend the year at Hope College when his flight made a scheduled stop in Ireland. The disembarked passengers were each given a… Continue Reading →

The Right Chemistry

Dimnent Memorial Chapel has hosted many alumni weddings through the years. Frequently, Hope peers are in the party. Often, treasured faculty mentors are invited to attend. And sometimes, members of the faculty or staff (typically religion, or Campus Ministries) have even officiated. Saturday, July 29, was almost certainly the first time, though, that chemistry professors… Continue Reading →

The Topic No One Wants to Talk About. Until Now.

Q&A with Sara Dorer Reports by multiple well-known female celebrities. The trial and conviction of Dr. Larry Nassar. The revocation this past fall of the 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter. High-profile news has made sexual assault a national conversation, building awareness of the problem, empowering victims, and turning a spotlight on organizations and how they respond.… Continue Reading →

A Fond Farewell to Faculty Retirees

While every path to teaching at Hope is unique, among the college’s dedicated faculty there are also at least two traits that are omnipresent: a love of a discipline, and a passion for inspiring and mentoring new generations. This year’s three retiring professors are no exception. One flew above the skies of Europe and honed… Continue Reading →

A Gift with Gratitude for an Unforgettable Act

Search for Dr. Latif Jiji’s name online, and you’ll find articles in publications like The New Yorker and the Washington Post about his unique role as owner, with his wife Vera, of Manhattan’s only vineyard — in the couple’s 15-foot by 45-foot backyard. You’ll find information about the respected texts that he wrote during his… Continue Reading →

The Nation’s Best

Being named the best in the nation? That’s a great day on its own. Receiving multiple honors that affirm a distinctive quality of the college’s Department of Theatre and celebrate the efforts of students and alumni together? It doesn’t get any better. Every theatre production is a team effort, but The Line Between was doubly… Continue Reading →

Gift of a Lifetime

In a sense, the long and winding road that led to a unique exhibition of contemporary Ethiopian Orthodox Christian art at the college’s Kruizenga Art Museum this fall began at Hope as well. Dr. Neal Sobania ’68, a former director of international education and history professor at Hope who is retired from Pacific Lutheran University,… Continue Reading →

“The Perfect Leader for Hope’s Next Chapter”

Matthew A. Scogin ’02 named 14th president President-Elect Matthew A. Scogin ’02 It is telling that when Matthew A. Scogin ’02 spoke to the college’s staff in November as a presidential candidate, the crowd that packed the room seemed ready to stand up and cheer. His heartfelt understanding of, and appreciation for, Hope had that… Continue Reading →